When it comes to milk, most of us like to add certain ingredients to make it more nutritious – it could be haldi, almonds, pistachios, saffron and so much more. Milk is considered to be one of the best or healthier sources of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.
Indrani Ghosh, chief dietician, Manipal Hospitals, Salt Lake, Kolkata, shares with HealthShots, “Milk is a rich source of quality protein that contains all nine essential amino acids.” And therefore, it can deliver a plethora of health benefits.
But then the way people consume milk can also differ! Some like to drink it hot, while others prefer a chilled glass. Is a particular option healthier or does anything work?
Well, we looked into the matter, and found out that both hot and cold milk offer unique benefits!
One of the major benefits of consuming hot milk before heading to bed is good sleep. Ghosh explains, “Hot milk keeps the body warm and protects it from the cold.”
She adds, “Drinking warm milk before sleeping promotes sound sleep, as an amino acid named tryptophan present in milk, produces serotonin and melatonin, both sleep-inducing chemicals, in the body.”
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Hot milk, when consumed at the wrong time and under unsuitable climate conditions, may produce mucus and various other health problems, warns Ghosh.
One may enjoy cold milk with cereals, but avoid drinking it chilled. Of course, we all know certain people who prefer drinking cold milk, especially during the summer season.
Ghosh says, “The best known benefit of cold milk is that it is one of the best relievers for acidity. It also keeps dehydration at bay.”
Plus, applying cold milk can also immensely improve the texture of your skin!
So, what’s your pick?